Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors
Heading into the autumn months, it is slowly time to start looking ahead to things scheduled to happen in 2018. Yes, that’s a complicated way of saying ‘here’s what we expect of the Galaxy S9’. Now, obviously, development of the device is in full swing, so little is known and even less can be confirmed. However, a few tidbits of information are floating around the interwebs. So here is what we know about the device supposedly codenamed ‘Star’
However the s8 and the s8 plus was a big hit in for the galaxy users and the game tied up a bit when the Apple released its iphone X and iPhone 8 and 8plus. But in for the 2018 it is sure for the galaxy users that the samsung will get into the place with the release of the Galaxy S9 model and the reports claim that Samsung has already started production of next year’s flagship: the Galaxy S9.
We’ve done some digging, and this isn’t all we know about the so-called Galaxy S9, so we’ve rounded up everything we know about the handset so far.
Galaxy S9 design
As Samsung launched the impressive ‘Infinity‘ look of the Galaxy S8, it was clear this is not just a one-off design gimmick. And indeed, the Note 8 is based on the same blueprint. Knowing Samsung, the next generation of devices will not change too much on this front. Therefore, the Galaxy S9 will once again come with the trusted dual-edge display, no home key, and a panel that covers an impressively large part of the phone’s front.
Unfortunately, at the moment it does not seem like the fingerprint sensor will make its way to the display. Although Samsung has taken a lot of slack for putting it on the back of the Galaxy S8, we actually still think it is a pretty convenient place. It takes some getting used to though. And as the iris scanner gets faster and better, there will be less need to use it anyway.
Galaxy S9 display
When it comes to the Samsung galaxy phones it has always been know for the beautiful, vibrant display it had. The only question that matters with the S9 model is that will the device bring the long-awaited bump in resolution to a 4K UHD pixel count? This step is needed in order to evolve not only the visual experience of Samsung’s flagship phones but the Gear VR ecosystem as well. At this point in time, however, tangible details have yet to emerge.
Galaxy S9 camera
Since the Galaxy Note 8 brought the biggest improvement to Samsung’s camera game in two years, the Galaxy S9 will probably rock a comparable dual cam setup. In order to keep up with competition, Samsung might increase aperture, optical zoom or widen the angle of view, but that is just speculation on our part. However, we do expect more details to emerge before this year is over.
Galaxy S9 release
We may bring this Galaxy S9 rumor overview early, but we did not beat the first rumors about the phones’ supposed earlier-than-usual release. Thus, a January launch could be in the books, followed by a launch soon after. Needless to say, we remain skeptical about any such rumors, as all Galaxy flagships have been preceded by fierce rumors about an early release.
Looking at actual Galaxy S release dates, however, we expect a launch late-February or early March. With a global release following sometime between mid-March and late-April.
There’s no word yet on pricing for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. If anything like the S8, expect handsets to fetch around £689 and £779 SIM-free.
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|LAUNCH.||Announced||Not announced yet|
|Build||Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.8 inches, 85.4 cm2|
|Resolution||1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~568 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|– 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only|
|Internal||64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||12 MP (f/1.6, 26mm, 1/2.5″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, dual-video rec.|
|Secondary||8 MP, f/1.6, autofocus, 1440p, dual video call, Auto HDR|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
– Fast battery charging
– Qi wireless charging
– ANT+ support
– Bixby natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion battery|
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